Thursday, August 30, 2018

NEW Watercolor Stamp Sets! PLUS Challenge 240 Bookmarks & Tags!

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Hello, Ai Fans!

Hooray! Today is a special day because we are releasing new additions to our Watercolor Line! Check out our NINE new sets featuring wonderful images for year-round watercoloring! Our Little Girls and Little Boys sets, the first characters in the Ai Watercolor line, pair perfectly with our Sitting Places Set. We heard your requests for more masculine stamps, so we hope you enjoy stamping with our Boats and Harvest sets. Create magical scenes with our Fairy Doors featuring a large rustic tree! Let's not forget the holidays are right around the corner with our Churches and Snowman set! Additionally, mix your favorite flowers and foliage with our Serif Letters clear stamp set to make beautiful floral monograms and words! Get a closer look at these sets in our video from the Mixed Media Event! These sets are now available at, so nab yours today!

WC Little Girls SetWC Little BoysWC Sitting Places Set WC Boats SetWC Fairy Doors SetWC Churches Set WC Harvest SetWC Snowman SetSerif Letters Set 

To share some inspiration, we have our Watercolor Guest Design Team here with some fabulous projects!

Dot Freel - Instagram - Blog - Pinterest
Hello Watercolor Friends,

My tag for this launch was made using the tractor from the brand new 5059 - WC Harvest Set. My oldest son who lives on five acres in Colorado, actually has chickens and an old blue tractor. This would be the perfect tag to put on a present for him. I used the chicken from the 4207 - Feathers TF stamp set. The flowers are from 4868 - WC Flower Set 2.

The bookmark was created with my best friend in mind. Her name is Jamie and she goes by J. She loves to read and her daughter has blonde hair. I'm sure she will love it! I used the brand new 5053 - WC Little Girls Set. It's probably my favorite stamp set from this new release! The stool she is sitting on is from another one of the new sets 5055 - WC Sitting Places. The letter J is from another must have 5071 - WC Serif Letters Set. The flowers are from 5009 - WC Mini Flower Set.

Other Supplies: Ranger Watercolor Paper

Tricia Kennedy - Instagram
The moment I saw the NEW Art Impressions Fairy Doors Set I envisioned my project PINK, PINK and more PINK with FAIRY DUST! Welcome to my “Land of Enchantment”.

Cut a piece of watercolor paper to approximately 6½ x 2 inches. Stamp the tree trunk in Sepia from the WC Fairy Doors Set using your Stamp Positioner. Stamp the fairy door in Sepia and the little cobble stones in a combination of Sepia and African Violet for a lovely grey color from the WC Fairy Doors Set using your stamp positioner. Watercolor the Art Impressions Way by pulling the color from the lines with your paint brush and water. To create an ombre look, I stamped thedarkest leaves toward the trunk, getting lighter further out (leaves from WC Foliage Set 2 inScarlet, Pink and Bubble Gum Pink). Add the tiny grass from WC Foliage Set 1 in Olive Green and the tiny flowers from WC Mini Flower Set in Scarlet. Scribble a little Bubble Gum Pink on your watercolor palette and brush onto the fairy door. Add detail to the fairy door using the fine tip of Bubble Gum Pink. Add Sepia to your palette to darken up the shadows on the tree trunk and use the fine tip to add detail to the fairy door. Brush on Salvia Blue for the sky and Olive Green for the grass. And finally, add FAIRY DUST to the leaves and door.
Marvy Le Plume II Markers: 9 Pink, 15 Olive Green, 45 Sepia, 60 Salvia Blue, 67 Bubble Gum Pink, 86 African Violet, 94 Scarlet
Other Products: Post-It Notes, FAIRY DUST (Ultra Fine and Jumbo Iridescent Glitter), Zig Two Way Glue Pen, Corner Rounder, Hole Punch, Ribbon

Tricia O'Bin - Blog - Instagram - YouTube - Pinterest - Facebook
I am so excited about this most recent release from Art Impressions! I used the Little Girls and Sitting Places sets for this scene. I planned this out by making masks for the little girl and the bench. This way I could move it around until I was happy with it. I really wanted her to look like she was looking out towards the water.

I removed the little girl mask and using the positioner lined up the little girl. I removed the bench mask, re-inked the little girl and stamped her. I replaced the mask, stamped the bench onto the positioner and stamped it below the little girl. I pulled the color out of the lines of the little girl and the bench. I added additional color from the watercolor palette. I added Sepia to the bench along with some African Violet below the girl. I added Pale Pink to her legs, arms and face. I added Sepia to her Hair and Blue and Iris Purple to her clothes.

I brushed in some African Violet for the water. 

I added grass below the bench and trees in the background using the small foliage in the original foliage set. I softened and washed out the trees in the background and added some additional shadows below the bench. To finish up I added some blue to the sky. 

Thanks, team! We always look forward to seeing what you create!
With a new release, we have a new challenge! Let's switch it up from our usual card-making challenge to something a little different - bookmarks and tags! We'd like to see you create either one of those in this challenge. It does not need to be a watercolor project, you certainly can use any of your favorite stamps! With back to school happening now, bookmarks would be perfect for students, teachers, or your favorite bookworm friend!

Here are the Challenge Rules
✻ Please make a new card or creation. You can make any crafty item you wish; this is not limited to cards!
✻ Limit two submissions per person. You will receive extra votes if you use Art Impressions stamps!
✻ The Ai Challenge is open to everyone, international submissions are welcome!
✻ Include a link back to the Ai Blog or grab our button on the top right of our sidebar!
✻ Share the Ai love by clicking and commenting your fellow crafters.
✻ Make sure to get your link up by Wednesday, September 12 at 5:00 p.m. PST to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!

Before we go, let's celebrate the winners of last week's Treat Bag challenge!

Top Spot goes to...


Congrats, Milene! We couldn't resist your stitched treat box with our Southwest Christmas cactus! Email with your address to claim your prize pack!

Honorable Mentions go to...


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Congrats, you two! Inez, we love your box featuring a lovely embossed and watercolored Meow-lloween image! And Lisa, your use of our Fairy Spinner for a Halloween treat bag is too cute! Email with your address and a stamp set of your choice for a prize!

Thanks for joining our challenge! Come back again for our new Bookmarks & Tags challenge!

Happy Stamping!
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